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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:26 am    Post subject: Talpiot: Israel's GCHQ, Unit 8200, infiltrating world's I.T. Reply with quote

Inside the IDF’s Super-Secret Elite Brain Trust
Jason Gewirtz
http://www.thetower.org/article/inside-the-idfs-super-secret-elite-bra in-trust-talpiot/

Executive producer, CNBC; author, “Israel’s Edge: The Story of the IDF’s Most Elite Unit – Talpiot”

Inside the IDF’s Super-Secret Elite Brain Trust by Jason Gewirtz


Over the past 40 years, members of one of the IDF’s most elite and secretive units have been behind many of Israel’s greatest military and scientific breakthroughs.
One of the most dangerous weapons aimed at Israel can’t fire a shot, but Israelis are terrified of it: Tunnels.

Before the 2014 Gaza war, the international community demanded that Israel allow concrete into Gaza, despite Israel’s objections. As Israel feared, Hamas then used that material for terrorist purposes, digging a network of underground passages, including many that crossed into Israeli territory. Israel knew the tunnels were there, but did not know exactly how to deal with them.

When terrorists began to emerge on the Israeli side of the border during the war, however, it became very clear very quickly that the tunnels were a major strategic problem and a public relations nightmare.

After the war ended, global leaders – desperate to stop the fighting for fear their own Arab populations would take to the streets and accuse them of not doing enough to protect the people of Gaza – swore up and down that if the world gave Hamas construction materials to rebuild the strip, they would not be used to dig such tunnels again.

At the same time, a special Knesset committee began investigating why the threat had been ignored by Israel for so long and what could be done about it now.

Scientists and engineers in the public sector and the IDF made various proposals: Flood the border with water from the Mediterranean. Sink steel walls 100 feet underground. Create special monitoring sensors. Call in geologists to get their thoughts. Some joked that Israel should hire Hamas to build the Tel Aviv subway in order to keep them occupied.

If any official plan came out of those meetings, it’s still a closely guarded secret.

Two years later, the great underground fear that world leaders told Israel not to worry about began to intensify.

Israelis living in towns and villages near Gaza swear they can hear the sounds of digging beneath their homes. They live in fear that terrorists will emerge and kill them, a friend, or a family member; or worse, kidnap them and bring them back to Gaza.

Unfortunately, this fear is not unreasonable. Israeli intelligence officers report that, during the war, evidence was found indicating that Hamas intended to use its tunnels to kidnap dozens of Israelis. Such evidence included plastic handcuffs and tranquilizers at the end of a tunnel explored not long before the war came to an end.

Since the beginning of this year, however, something funny began to happen to the Hamas tunnels. The terrorist group reported that five tunnels had collapsed in quick succession, killing several Hamas members. Did Israel do it? When asked, the IDF used the standard “no comment” it often uses when enemies suddenly die.

The better question might be: Is Israel capable of collapsing the tunnels as Hamas builds them?

The answer is, probably.

And there is a strong possibility that this is because of a single and very special unit within the IDF. While the Israeli army has no shortage of elite troops and elite thinkers, one unit has become known for being at the top of the pyramid: Talpiot.
Talpiot’s mission isn’t to learn how to fight. It is to learn how to think. Its recruits, now referred to by many in the Ministry of Defense as the IDF’s top priority (even more than finding and training fighter pilots), must agree to stay in the army for at least ten years. This is substantially above the norm of three years for men and two years for women, and there’s a good reason for it.

Fighting is of course a major component of the Talpiot program. Many graduates go on to command elite troops in the field, command naval vessels, and even fly F16s in combat. But mission number one can be described as intellectual.

This was the case from the moment the unit was founded. Talpiot was created by two professors who were horrified at Israel’s setbacks in the opening days of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. After Israel’s stunning victory in the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel began to lose its military edge. France, Israel’s main weapons supplier, had abandoned the country in the face of threats from Arab nations. Israel was left without a military sponsor, while the Soviet Union showered the Arab states, especially Egypt and Syria, with state-of-the-art weapons and military training. When the two countries launched a surprise attack on Judaism’s holiest day, the result was devastating. While Israel eventually turned the tide and won the war, it was a shrill wake-up call that ended Israel’s self-confidence and sense of security.

The army had been torn apart in the war. Israel lost a fifth of its air force, more than a thousand tanks had been destroyed, and the casualty rate was shocking, with almost 3,000 soldiers killed and 8,000 wounded. Israel could not survive as a nation if it was forced to go through a war like that every few years. A new path was needed.

The two professors, Shaul Yatziv and Felix Dothan, began a campaign to convince the IDF that it needed to come up with a better way to supply itself with the research, development, and manufacture of new weapons. The country’s founding father David Ben-Gurion had always said that Israel’s military abilities had to be far ahead of its enemies’ in quality, as it would never be able to match them in quantity. Dothan and Yatziv began applying that formula to weapons development. But the army wasn’t in the mood to listen.
Prof. Felix Dothan, a Hebrew University professor who co-created the Talpiot program.

Prof. Felix Dothan, a Hebrew University professor who co-created the Talpiot program.

Things began to change in 1977. Menachem Begin was elected prime minister. For the first time in the history of modern Israel, the previously dominant Labor party was in the opposition, and the right-wing Likud was now in charge. Change quickly spread to the army. In particular, Gen. Rafael “Raful” Eitan was appointed IDF chief of staff.

More than his predecessors, Eitan saw tremendous value in education. To this day, an organization that helps Israel’s underprivileged teenagers get an education and find a trade while serving in the army credits Eitan with its founding. And the chief of staff approved another educational program: After first hearing about Talpiot in a briefing, Eitan was sure that it was exactly what the army and the country needed.

Soon after taking office, he asked his secretary to call Col. Benji Machness, who had run an Air Force school for pilots studying physics. Thirty-four years later, Machness described the scene: “I opened the door and Raful was waiting with General Israel Tal, sitting there. Tal was our top tank general; he invented the Merkava [tank]. I said, ‘Hello, Gen. Eitan, I’m Benji Machness.’ Eitan replied, ‘Of course, I know you.’ He didn’t even ask me to sit. He said, ‘Outside my door are two professors. I think they have a good idea. Go and do it. That’s all.’”

Dutifully, Machness left and found the two professors waiting anxiously. He told them, “Your project has been accepted, let’s get to work.” Yatziv and Dothan looked incredulous. “That’s it?” they asked. Machness said yes, and the planning stages of Talpiot began right there.

The original idea was to model the Talpiot program – named for the strong turrets referenced in the biblical Song of Songs – after the Palo Alto Research Center, commonly known as PARC. PARC was set up by Xerox in 1970 to use advanced technology to solve problems and meet the challenges of the future. After a short period, the professors came to the conclusion that Israel and the IDF did not have the kind of resources Xerox had. They needed help.
Gen. Rafael “Raful” Eitan (center), the IDF Chief of Staff who approved the Talpiot program.

Gen. Rafael “Raful” Eitan (center), the IDF Chief of Staff who approved the Talpiot program.

So Dothan and Yatziv took their idea to Israel’s universities. They asked the Technion, Tel Aviv University, and Hebrew University to host the program in cooperation with the army. Again, they hit a brick wall. The universities had to be convinced that they would have some control of the program and not simply hand out degrees to undeserving students.

After months of negotiations, Hebrew University was the first to agree. Deals were signed and cooperation began.
Dothan began to take the lead role in the program. But by his own admission, he wasn’t quite sure whom to recruit. He used IQ scores, high school grades, and recommendations from high school principals. He focused on finding recruits from the Israel’s academic centers in Haifa, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv.

In the early years of Talpiot, the curriculum was simple: Physics, math, and computer science. These remain the program’s main priorities. The first several classes were made up of about 25 recruits. None of them had ever heard of the program before, as it was not only new but, at this point, top secret.

The opening years of the program were difficult for the founders, the army officers in charge, and the young recruits. The founders, and especially Machness, saw the students first and foremost as soldiers. They wore uniforms to their classes at Hebrew University and took shifts guarding Talpiot’s section of the Hebrew University campus.

At first, the administrators were over-zealous. They gave the cadets too much to learn in too short a time, the expectations were too high, and the pressure was too great. The first-year dropout rate hit 35 percent.

Then the program came under fire for not finding “team players.” Put simply, the high-IQ recruits often lacked social skills.

One of the most famous Talpiot graduates is a man named Eli Mintz, who went on to found Compugen, a company that did industry-changing work in the field of DNA sequencing and is still listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Mintz characterizes the early Talpiot recruits as “very strange. It was twenty eccentric nerds put together and then told by army officers – who often had no idea what we were working on or how we were doing it – to ‘get along.’”
David Kutasov, an early graduate of Talpiot who is now a physics professor at the University of Chicago.

David Kutasov, an early graduate of Talpiot who is now a physics professor at the University of Chicago.

“Getting along” proved to be a formidable challenge. “Like many others in the program, I had come from environments where I thought I was always the smartest,” Mintz confessed. “So when you’re finally in a place where you think, ‘Wow, I’m not the smartest guy in the room,’ it was great. It was a new challenge.” Looking back, he believes that learning to work with others who were smarter than him was the most important thing Talpiot taught him. “But not everyone was programmed to think like that,” he said, “and it led to personality problems.”

Those “personality problems” would soon be addressed. After a few years, Talpiot recruiters added a crucial new phase to the process. They wanted to see which candidates could work well as a group under challenging conditions. To this day, these tests are performed by Talpiot graduates. They consist, for example, of working with team members to come up with as many ways as they can think of to use a bicycle or a shoe. Others include using children’s building blocks to construct something. All of this occurs under tight deadlines, sometimes in hot rooms. To add tension and pressure to the situation, former Talpiot graduates are lurking behind, recording every move and every word – or at least the candidates are made to feel like they are.

By Talpiot’s sixth or seventh year, recruiting became more formalized. Professors Yatziv and Dothan knew who they were looking for and how to find them. And by then there were actual Talpiot graduates with a bigger say in the program. That was valuable because their tangible experience led to practical revisions in the selection process.

Then came the idea for “The Interview.”
The idea came about because, ten years into the program, the army’s needs were changing. Talpiot’s officers had to make adjustments to their list of desirable qualities. Teamwork was becoming an even bigger part of the equation, because different kinds of systems had to be integrated into different units and the army needed young talent to manage these projects. They needed natural leaders who were also book-smart and patriotic.

Picking the right 20 or 25 people was becoming more and more important. “Suddenly, we had to start looking for a new combination of attributes,” said Avi Poleg, a Talpiot graduate who later became its leader. In addition to high cognitive scores and scientific thinking, they were looking for people who could lead: Officer testing and personality exams became crucial.

“I wanted to check motivation, moral value, and, of course, personality,” Poleg said.
We would run intense social simulations in which the candidate was put into a high-pressure leadership position. How do you try to motivate your classmates who might be falling behind? How do you deal with those who refuse to take part in a certain project or activity? My goal here was to see how candidates coped with social issues, leadership issues, and paying attention to everyone. I needed to be confident that the candidates I picked would be creative, intelligent, and inventive with the ability to move from one area to another, and be able to take leadership in a group while being part of that group. It was also critical to get a sense of how cadets might act when having to deal with someone above them and below them. Finally, I also needed a sense of their moral values and willingness to make a contribution to their country and society. I was always confident I could move the right students forward.

The way to find such qualities was “The Interview.” The procedure itself was a trying 30 minutes to an hour in length. After narrowing down a list of one year’s Talpiot candidates from 5,000 to about 100, the final applicants would be forced to sit in a cold university hallway for hours over several days, while one by one, they would be called in to a small room. When they entered, they saw they were surrounded by high-ranking army officers, as well as professors from Hebrew University who helped teach courses and coordinated with the army.

The officer leading the interview might say something to the nervous teenager like “tell me something interesting that you saw last month that you didn’t know, what you learned about it, and how you increased your knowledge. Maybe an interesting instrument, an interesting science program you watched on television, an interesting article you read about science.” This was just the starting point. Poleg says he would use the answer to evaluate the level of the candidate’s curiosity and how far he’d go to satisfy that curiosity. “I was looking to see if the candidate made a real effort to investigate,” he says.

Poleg believed that an incisive committee interview gave him the best sense of the candidate. In one memorable instance, a candidate had not done particularly well on previous tests, but Poleg gave him a simulation.
He started to flourish….he was so enthusiastic and really animated. “I would do this and I would do that…” It was as if he were suddenly conducting an orchestra; as if he had found his voice right then and there in front of the committee. This was exactly the answer I was looking for. He has it! I viewed the committee in part as a trainer to pull something out of a candidate, and I used similar methods as a commander and educator once those potential recruits were in the program.

From 1985 on, women were also recruited for the program. Since then, scores of young women have successfully graduated. When a young woman being tested told the committee she spoke Italian, they were impressed, because unlike English or Arabic, Italian is not a language most Israelis learn to speak. Upon hearing this, one member of the committee asked her, “How many people have seen Michelangelo’s statue ‘David’ in the Galleria dell’Academia in Florence?”

Another candidate who was ultimately accepted says, “I was told, ‘Give me the name of a scientist that you look up to and would like to emulate.’ I thought to myself, don’t pick Einstein, don’t pick Einstein, don’t pick Einstein…but I panicked and Einstein it was. I then proceeded to pretty much make up an answer, but the key was to sound confident and competent. They all probably laughed at me after I left the room.”

Once the candidates have been accepted, they go to basic training for a few weeks, then hit the books for three years. There are no vacations from the intense training. But there are times when the cadets leave the classroom.

They visit dozens of army, air force, and naval units throughout the IDF in order to see the challenges faced by soldiers in the field. As Talpiot cadets go from unit to unit, they see what soldiers in the artillery units are doing and learn how heavy a shell is. They learn how a fighter pilot completes his mission and about the weapons attached to the plane. They hit the sea with the Israeli Navy and train with paratroopers.

One Talpiot graduate remembers going back to his small town in Northern Israel and telling his friends, “I did your training and your training and yours….” The goal is to create soldiers who have a unique understanding of both academic and field training, so they can take what they learned from both sides of the equation.

But while all Talpiot recruits do the mandatory physics, mathematics, and computer science courses combined with mandatory unit-by-unit military training, a few dozen Talpiot recruits go further than that.
For many young Israelis, defending their country and the Jewish people is part of the passage to adulthood. Joining an elite army unit or the Air Force is a goal they set for themselves and fantasize about for years. As a result, some of the 17-year-olds have misgivings about joining Talpiot. They think it means giving up their dreams of going into elite combat units. But the Ministry of Defense and Talpiot’s recruiters assure them they not only don’t have to give up on those dreams. In fact, they’re encouraged to pursue them.

One example is a young man named Arik Czerniak. He has had enormous success in civilian life since leaving Talpiot. But while he was going through the approval process, he was wracked with doubts, because he had always wanted to be a fighter pilot.

As the day of his induction approached, he was invited to come to Talpiot for early testing. When he got there, the officers asked him what he wanted to do. Czerniak was forthright: “‘I want to be a fighter pilot.”

“No problem,” they laughed, “you can do both.”

After each testing session and interview, Czerniak would ask, “Can I still be a pilot?” He wanted to make sure the answer would always be yes, and it was. “They were true to their word,” Czerniak recalled.

While he was waiting to hear back from Talpiot, he accepted an invitation to try out for flight school. “In the air force, the training was seven days, with 600 people,” he said.
They put you in uniform. You spend the day running around, following orders. There’s no English word for what we had to do, but it translates to “advancement by the legs.” You see that tree? You have twenty seconds to run there and back: GO! You didn’t make it. Do it again! There were a lot of group activities and tests like digging holes, solving puzzles, hanging from monkey bars; everyone hangs and you see who falls first and last. There’s really no sleeping – they woke us up after a two-hour rest.

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Israel’s Edge: The Story of the IDF’s Most Elite Unit - Talpiot
By Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-laszlo-mizrahi/israels-edge-the -story-of_b_9388552.html

This week the United States European Command and Israel held joint exercises. A big part of the mission was to test the reliably of Israel’s three tiered missile defense shield. The Arrow is set up to stop long range missiles, like the type in Iran’s massive ballistic missile arsenal. Magic Wand is a newly operational system that will stop mid-range missiles, like the kind Hezbollah is pointing at Israel from Lebanon and probably Syria as well. Then there’s the famous Iron Dome which takes care of more than 95 percent of short term missiles fired by Hamas and its friends in Gaza.

It takes a lot of coordination, technology and smarts to link these systems and to attach them to radar that can now track any incoming projectile from 500 miles away.

That’s just one of the many complex accomplishments taken on by members of a very secretive IDF unit called Talpiot. That unit is profiled in a new book by Jason Gewirtz, an executive producer for CNBC. The book, the first about this special unit is called “Israel’s Edge: The Story of the IDF’s Most Elite Unit - Talpiot.” (Gefen, Feb. 2016). It’s a terrific book and a must read for Israel fans and military buffs alike.

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Talpiot was created by two professors who were horrified, like many in Israel, by the Yom Kippur War. In 1973 Israel was attacked from the north by Syria and from the south by Egypt simultaneously. Israel made some grave errors in the years between the 1967 war and the Yom Kippur War in intelligence and in technology. Israel failed to innovate in those inter-war years and it failed to piece together many crucial pieces of intelligence. France, Israel’s main weapons supplier at the time suddenly cut Israel off while the Soviets poured new weapon technology into the Arab nations.

After the war was over Professors Felix Dothan and Shaul Yatziv proposed a new program designed to tap into Israel’s smartest and most creative young minds. Their idea was to create an army unit where students would learn to fight - but learn to think first.

In 1979 the first Talpiot class began with just 25 students. Cadets for this unit were told when they were drafted, three years was too short of a time for this program. They’d have to enlist for ten years.

In order to make it work, the army partnered with Hebrew University to teach the young cadets physics, mathematics and computer science. They were given three years to complete their degrees. It should be noted that the same amount of coursework takes four years for gifted students not in Talpiot to finish.

Members of this unit aren’t just taught to think - they’re taught to think and learn fast.

While studying members of Talpiot are also sent to train with each and every unit in the IDF from the artillery to tank units, to the infantry, to the navy and air force to learn how each unit does its job.

After a few years, Talpiot commanders started adding new requirements to their list for candidates. They didn’t just want the brightest students, they wanted soldiers who could learn together and work together as a team... and young men and women that could lead teams. Finding the right candidates for this unit is now seen as so important it is given top priority by IDF recruiters, even above finding the fighter pilots of the future.

At the end of their first three years the men and women in this unit would then be asked to take their combat and academic training and combine them to help invent and improve all of the weapons in the IDF’s arsenal. During their next seven years of service Talpiots become military research and development experts. Missile defense is high on their list of responsibilities. But they also work to develop new tools for cybersecurity. Talpiots have led the way on this new global battlefield. Talpiots have also been very active in space, developing new satellite systems and high altitude, high resolution cameras that can be used to shoot images that then go to Israel’s intelligence services to help them see what Israel’s enemies are up to.

These soldiers have had an impact on every weapon and communications system used by the IDF and every tool used by Israel’s intelligence community.

In many cases, after going into research and development, members of Talpiots hunger for the field and they are encouraged by the Ministry of Defense to do so. The thinking is nobody knows what a warrior needs more than a warrior himself.

Several have gone on to flight school, and then flew F16s in combat. Others have commanded naval ships. Others go on to lead elite ground troops. One member of Talpiot even took his computer science, mathematics and physics courses and designed a shoulder fired missile that can knock out enemy tanks. He then became the leader of an elite ground unit that is capable of infiltrating enemy lines, finding a hiding place and popping out at the exact right minute to use the missile he created to destroy enemy tanks before they even get into a battle. Pretty impressive.

After their ten years in the army, about a third of Talpiot graduates stay in the IDF, usually in research and development roles. A third go into the academic world to teach while the other third go into business. Talpiot graduates have created some of Israel’s most impressive companies including CheckPoint Software which keeps the internet as safe as possible for customers and Compugen which helps drug companies find innovative and individual cures for patients battling hundreds of diseases.

Talpiot has been tasked with keeping Israel a generation ahead of a rapidly strengthening and technologically capable Iran making this book extremely timely. The unit also has to help Israel stay ahead of the United States and other large countries with strong militaries as those countries often supply Israel’s enemies with advanced weapons and military technology.

This first of its kind book about this once secretive but prolific group truly sheds light on an army unit that has had more on an impact on Israel than any other. The list of accomplishments that Talpiot has under its belt is simply remarkable and the accomplishments of the men and women from this unit after leaving the army is the envy of every country in the world and Jason Gewirtz has been able to capture it all in his book.

There’s something in here for history buffs, military watchers, people interested in technology and education, and of course anyone interested in Israel and the Middle East.

It’s also important to note that Jason Gewirtz voluntarily allowed the IDF’s Censorship Unit to read the book before it was published, and he also had Israel’s Ministry of Defense do the same. He is also giving his profits away to help Israel’s wounded veterans.

Follow Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Respect_Ability

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Reservists from top intel unit refuse to ‘operate against Palestinians’
43 members of Unit 8200 claim their work is used unjustly to maintain control over West Bank civilians; IDF denies abuses, says protest is politically motivated

By ADIV STERMAN
September 12, 2014, 10:49 am 44
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Thirty-three reserve soldiers and 10 reserve officers from the IDF’s highly regarded 8200 intelligence unit issued a public letter Friday expressing their refusal to take part in any action designed to “harm the Palestinian population” in the West Bank.

In the letter, copies of which were sent to to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz, and the head of Military Intelligence, the reservists stated that their consciences would no longer allow them to contribute to the gathering of information on Palestinian society, Army Radio reported.

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The communication stressed that, in the opinion of the reservists, such information was often used as a tool to exert control over innocent Palestinian civilians and to turn the residents of the West Bank against each other. The reservists added that the unit’s methods of information-gathering unjustly invaded the privacy of Palestinian civilians.

“The Palestinian population, which is under military rule, is completely exposed to the espionage and surveillance efforts of Israeli intelligence,” the letter read.

“The intelligence [that was] gathered, hurts innocent people, and was used in order to politically persecute [Palestinians], and as a means to create division in Palestinian society by mobilizing collaborators and directing Palestinian society against itself.

“We are unable, morally, to serve in such a system which harms the rights of millions of people,” the letter concluded.

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz (L) visits IDF soldiers as they take part in an operation to locate three Israeli teens kidnapped near the West Bank city of Hebron on June 24, 2014. (Photo by IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)
IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz (left) visits IDF soldiers taking part in an operation to locate three Israeli teens kidnapped near the West Bank city of Hebron, on June 24, 2014. (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)
The signatories, however, stressed that they would continue to take part in operations to gather information regarding enemy states.

“We understand the need to defend ourselves, and intelligence is by definition something dirty, and compared to other countries it really is self-defense. But with the Palestinians, the main objective is to maintain the military rule in the West Bank,” one of the reservists told Siha Mekomit magazine.

“We say this not because we read some newspapers or blogs, but because that is what we had to do in the line of duty.”

Unit 8200 is the main intelligence body in the military. The unit is responsible for collecting all of the army’s signal intelligence, including telephone calls, text messages, and emails.

The IDF, in response, said that special emphasis is placed on the operations of the unit in order to ensure that civilians in the West Bank are inconvenienced only to the degree absolutely necessary in order to protect the Israeli population.

“Unit 8200 is dedicated to gathering intelligence that allows Israeli Security forces to carry out their mission, which is to defend Israeli civilians,” an IDF spokesman told the Times of Israel.

“Those who serve in the unit undergo a thorough screening process and intense training which is unmatched by any of the world’s intelligence agencies. Throughout the training, a special emphasis is placed on morality, ethics, and proper procedure. Soldiers and officers in the unit act in accordance with their training and remain under the strict supervision of high ranking officers.”

The spokesman said that the IDF had no record that any of the violations alleged in the letter ever took place, adding that the fact the reservists made their complaints public before turning to military officials suggested that they were politically motivated.

“Immediately turning to the press instead of to their officers or relevant authorities is suspicious and raises doubts as to the seriousness of the claims,” the spokesman said of the reservists.

“Regarding claims of harm caused to civilians, the IDF maintains a rigorous process which takes into account civilian presence before authorizing strikes against targets.”

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